NCAA Baseball Roundup: ECU, USC go at it again today
The college baseball roundup …
GREENVILLE ó Brandon Henderson hit a grand slam and East Carolina held on to beat South Carolina 8-6 Sunday night and force a winner-take-all NCAA regional championship game.
Kyle Roller hit a three-run shot and Dustin Harrington also connected for the top-seeded Pirates (45-18). They scored the first eight runs, then withstood the Gamecocks’ late rally to set up a rematch tonight.
South Carolina (40-22) trailed 8-2 entering the ninth before Justin Dalles got things started with a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Brady Thomas’ bases-loaded double brought home two more.
Reliever Seth Simmons then got two flyouts to wrap up East Carolina’s second elimination-game victory of the day.
Earlier in the day, Roller homered twice during an eight-run fifth inning to knock Binghamton from the NCAA tournament.
Florida St. 37, Ohio St. 6
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Stephen Cardullo set a tournament record with seven hits, including three of Florida State’s NCAA-record 15 doubles, as the Seminoles routed Ohio State 37-6 and advanced to the super regionals.
Florida State (45-16) set NCAA postseason records with 37 runs, 38 hits and 66 total bases, while Cardullo set the school mark for hits in an offensive performance the football team would’ve been proud of.
Georgia Tech 8, Elon 4
ATLANTA ó Nine straight Georgia Tech batters reached safely in a seven-run second, and the Yellow Jackets (37-18-1) beat Elon 8-4 on Sunday to eliminate the Phoenix (41-18) from the tournament.
Western Kentucky 10, Mississippi 9
OXFORD, Miss. ó Wade Gaynor hit two home runs to key an eight-run rally and Jake Wells’ go-ahead homer in the ninth inning gave Western Kentucky a 10-9 win over Mississippi on Sunday and forced a deciding game in the regional. The teams will meet again today.
Miami 4, Jacksonville 0
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ó David Gutierrez pitched a seven-hitter and Miami took advantage of three errors to eliminate Jacksonville from the NCAA tournament.
Gutierrez had never pitched more than seven innings in any of his 19 career starts for Miami (38-21).
Oregon St. 13, Texas A&M 5
FORT WORTH, Texas ó Koa Kahalehoe went 5 for 5 with three RBIs, helping Oregon State knock Texas A&M from the NCAA tournament.
Army 4, Boston College 3
AUSTIN, Texas ó Boston College bowed out of the NCAA tournament hours after losing a 25-inning marathon to Texas, the longest game in NCAA history.
Boston College, which signed West Rowan senior Philip Miclat, finished its season 34-26.
Oklahoma 7, Washington State 2
NORMAN, Okla. ó Aaron Baker’s first career grand slam highlighted a five-run seventh inning, and Garrett Richards threw his first complete game for the Sooners.
Ohio State 13, Georgia 6
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Michael Stephens hit a pair of homers, including a three-run shot to highlight a six-run seventh inning, as Ohio State eliminated Georgia.
Zach Cone homered twice for the Bulldogs (38-24), who played for the title last season.
Vanderbilt 6, Middle Tennessee 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Caleb Cotham threw a four-hitter, and Aaron Westlake and Jonathan White each homered to help eliminate Middle Tennessee from the NCAA tournament.
Kansas 5, Coastal Carolina 1
CHAPEL HILL ó Jose Iglesias hit a home run for the Chanticleers (47-16).
Clemson 10, Tennessee Tech 0
CLEMSON, S.C. ó Freshman right-hander Scott Weismann threw eight sterling innings, and the Tigers pounded out 14 hits in the rout.
Minnesota 15, Baylor 12
BATON ROUGE, La. ó Derek McCallum’s home run, three doubles and seven RBIs helped Minnesota survive its second elimination game in the NCAA tournament.